Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Good and Faithful Servant
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master's happiness!'"
This past Memorial Day weekend, granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and I return to Oxford for another visit with my mother. My brother, Bill, informs me a week earlier that the American flags we placed a while back at our father's grave site have disappeared. So I resolve to purchase new ones, so that Virginia and I can decorate the headstone in honor of Dad's service to this country many years ago.
While not old enough to enlist in WWII, the moment Dad turns 18, he eagerly signs up for the U. S. Army, and serves several tours of duty in post-war Germany. It is the godsend of the G. I. Bill that affords Dad the opportunity for a college education, something he never dared dream about.
Dad earns a bachelor's degree and a Ph.D. in botany, teaches at Emory University for thirty years, is appointed as the Dean of Emory's Oxford College in 1988, where he remains until retiring in 1990. But with such a stellar career, Dad always asserts that his service to our great country is responsible, in large part, for every success in his life. And he taught us all to stand up proudly for the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Well done, Dad! Thank you for your good and faithful service to so many during your lifetime. We love you, and we will always remember.
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